Posts Tagged: LGBTQ

New LGBTQ Youth and Family Resources: Culturally-relevant information supports parents in caring for LGBTQ children and youth

Parents need resources to support LGBTQ children and youth in being affirmed, safe and celebrated in their homes, schools and communities. In our report, An Unavoidable System, Rise recommends expanding access to community-based programs that center the needs of families with LGBTQ children—without family policing system involvement.

Here, Rise talks with Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Family Acceptance Project based in San Francisco, California and Angela Weeks, Director of the National SOGIE Center at University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation. They discuss their new national website, the need to center parents and families in caring for LGBTQ youth, the impact of family accepting and rejecting behaviors on LGBTQ youth, examples of affirming behaviors by parents and how community-led resources can prevent family policing system involvement. 

Family Policing and Trans Youth in Texas

Texas Governor Abbott has called on professionals and members of the public to report parents whose children receive gender-affirming care to “child protective” services. This transphobic and homophobic policing is using mandated reporting and the family policing system to enact violence on children and families. Rise supports trans youth, their parents/caregivers and medical providers of essential gender-affirming care. Parents should be supported in—not punished for—caring for their trans children! Rise calls for an end to mandated reporting, policing and punishment.

Resources for LGBTQ Parents and Parents of LGBTQ Children and Youth

As we celebrate Pride, Rise recognizes the need to continue to fight for societal changes to support the rights, safety, health and joy of LGBTQ people and communities.

Family support and acceptance are important to the health and well being of LGBTQ children. Parents may be seeking information and resources to support their LGBTQ-identifying children with being safe and affirmed and thriving in their homes, schools and communities. Rise has put together a brief list of resources that may be of interest to LGBTQ parents and parents of LGBTQ children and youth, including NYC and national organizations.

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